The Great Shakeout, the Big One, and what you can do

Oct 21, 2021

Today is the annual Great Shakeout event, where we take a look at earthquake preparedness here on the coast, a place where we have the double whammy of earthquake damage and tsunami flooding. We’ll take a look at an article by infamous New Yorker magazine writer Kathryn Schulz (she wrote the scary and spot on article in 2015 about the Big One that shook us up big time). We’ll look at another more positive piece she also wrote, about simple things you can do to keep your home and yourself resilient in the event of a disaster like the Big One. And, what to do once you’ve done all that.

The Great Shakeout, the Big One, and what you can do

The Great Shakeout, the Big One, and what you can do

Today is the annual Great Shakeout event, where we take a look at earthquake preparedness here on the coast, a place where we have the double whammy of earthquake damage and tsunami flooding. We’ll take a look at an article by infamous New Yorker magazine writer Kathryn Schulz (she wrote the scary and spot on article in 2015 about the Big One that shook us up big time). We’ll look at another more positive piece she also wrote, about simple things you can do to keep your home and yourself resilient in the event of a disaster like the Big One. And, what to do once you’ve done all that.

A look at the deep blue sea and the Mariana Trench

Oct 20, 2021

Most of us land dwellers think of the ocean in terms of the shore, which is the interface between land and sea. But there is so much more to it than that – a vastness that we can hardly wrap our heads around, and which is still largely unexplored. Today we take a look at the ocean abyss and the Mariana Trench, the deepest spot in the oceans of the world. Seven miles deep…

A look at the deep blue sea and the Mariana Trench

A look at the deep blue sea and the Mariana Trench

Most of us land dwellers think of the ocean in terms of the shore, which is the interface between land and sea. But there is so much more to it than that – a vastness that we can hardly wrap our heads around, and which is still largely unexplored. Today we take a look at the ocean abyss and the Mariana Trench, the deepest spot in the oceans of the world. Seven miles deep…

Abandoned ships: a look at how some ships and crews are abandoned by their owners

It’s a growing problem in a troubled world shipping market: some ships are being abandoned by their owners, with crews and cargo still on board, often at anchor in some foreign port far from the crews’ homes. Without pay, food or fuel, things become desperate for sailors who took jobs on board in good faith and with families to feed. Today we’ll look at abandoned ships.

Abandoned ships: a look at how some ships and crews are abandoned by their owners

Abandoned ships: a look at how some ships and crews are abandoned by their owners

It’s a growing problem in a troubled world shipping market: some ships are being abandoned by their owners, with crews and cargo still on board, often at anchor in some foreign port far from the crews’ homes. Without pay, food or fuel, things become desperate for sailors who took jobs on board in good faith and with families to feed. Today we’ll look at abandoned ships.

How issues with trains and trucks affect the supply chain

Oct 01, 2021

In the world today, we get our stuff through a global intermodal supply chain. That includes ports, containerships and on the ground, trucks and trains. As more disruptions arise at ports near and far, many of them concerning containerships, now delays in the trucking and train realms also have become an issue.

How issues with trains and trucks affect the supply chain

How issues with trains and trucks affect the supply chain

In the world today, we get our stuff through a global intermodal supply chain. That includes ports, containerships and on the ground, trucks and trains. As more disruptions arise at ports near and far, many of them concerning containerships, now delays in the trucking and train realms also have become an issue.

Power cutbacks in China threaten container ports

Sep 30, 2021

Today, an unusual story from China that could further hamper the flow of manufacturing and shipping there, with impacts on the rest of the world. China, in a effort to enforce emissions standards to reduce pollution, has started cutting electrical power to businesses that have not met their emissions criteria. Among the most affected areas are provinces where China’s busiest container ports are located.

Power cutbacks in China threaten container ports

Power cutbacks in China threaten container ports

Today, an unusual story from China that could further hamper the flow of manufacturing and shipping there, with impacts on the rest of the world. China, in a effort to enforce emissions standards to reduce pollution, has started cutting electrical power to businesses that have not met their emissions criteria. Among the most affected areas are provinces where China’s busiest container ports are located.

Costco charters container ships to ensure inventory

Sep 28, 2021

Costco has joined the list of big box retailers who are chartering their own containerships to avoid intentory shortages during the holiday season. That’s good news for shoppers there. Small businesses that have to rely on the regular supply chain may have more difficulties getitng inventory. Overall, inflation and elevated shipping costs could cause prices to rise.

Costco charters container ships to ensure inventory

Costco charters container ships to ensure inventory

Costco has joined the list of big box retailers who are chartering their own containerships to avoid intentory shortages during the holiday season. That’s good news for shoppers there. Small businesses that have to rely on the regular supply chain may have more difficulties getitng inventory. Overall, inflation and elevated shipping costs could cause prices to rise.